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A healthcare worker who treated a patient diagnosed with monkeypox has also contracted the disease, it has emerged.

The disease was first diagnosed in the United Kingdom in a patient who was staying at a naval base in Cornwall.

Dr Michael Jacobs, clinical director of infection at the Royal Free Hospital, said: 'Monkeypox is, in most cases, a mild condition which will resolve on its own and have no long-term effects on a person's health.

Phin had previously said the monkeypox virus was likely to be circulating in Nigeria after a large outbreak there in 2017, and could therefore affect travelers returning to Britain.

Public Health England previously said there was "no United Kingdom link" between the first two patients, but the latest case is a healthcare worker who was involved in caring for the second patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital before they were known to be carrying the infection.

The initial cases can be traced back to Nigeria, and the first victim was a traveller from the area visiting Cornwall.

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Authorities say the general public is not at risk of getting the rare infection, but they are taking every precaution to quarantine the patient. They are being looked after in the specialist unit at Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

As a precautionary measure, it is working with experts in the NHS to contact a number of people who were on the same flight as the patient.

"This healthcare worker cared for the patient before a diagnosis of monkeypox was made", he said. The rash goes through different stages before finally forming a scab that later falls off.

While most people recover within a few weeks, some can develop a severe illness.

Dr Nick Phin, deputy director of PHE's national infection service, said it had been "actively monitoring contacts" for 21 days after exposure.

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not usually spread easily from person to person. The virus, which comes from the same family as smallpox and cowpox, was first identified in a captive monkey about four decades ago and has subsequently been found in a range of animals in central and west Africa, particularly rodents.

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